Eaten Back to Life

In the labyrinth of culinary literature, Jonah Campbell’s Eaten Back to Life emerges as a vibrant collection of essays that dissects the complexities of our relationship with food and drink. Much like a chef crafting a multi-course meal, Campbell skillfully weaves together unique observations, philosophical musings, and cultural insights, inviting readers on an intriguing gastronomic journey.

Drawing from a diverse palette of topics, Campbell delves into the essence of modern gastronomy with an unorthodox blend of wit and contemplation. From the allure of pig heads and fine wine to the juxtaposition of Nigella Lawson and David Cronenberg, his essays traverse the culinary landscape with a curious mind and a penchant for exploration.

The prose in Eaten Back to Life is nothing short of delirious, capturing the sensory experiences and existential questions entwined with our daily acts of nourishment. In a manner reminiscent of literary giants like M. F. K. Fisher and David Foster Wallace, Campbell’s writing elevates the mundane, uncovering the ecstasies and absurdities concealed within our dining rituals.

What distinguishes Campbell’s work is not just his profound observations on food and drink but also his ability to interlace these musings with broader cultural and societal themes. Through his lens, potato chips and stale chocolate bars become gateways to understanding larger philosophical concepts and societal idiosyncrasies.

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie | Kathleen's Cravings

Campbell expounds on the role of food for holiday feasts in the “Still, After All These Years” chapter and as a homage to his expose of overindulgence, we wanted to provide you with Turkey Pie with Biscuits in our Recipe section. After all, the gluttony of holiday food always brings a fridge full of leftovers!

A unique facet of Campbell’s perspective stems from his background and diverse interests. As a researcher with McGill University’s Social Studies of Medicine unit and a wine enthusiast, he melds academic insights with a passion for culinary exploration. This fusion results in essays that are not only intellectually stimulating but also emotionally resonant, inviting readers to ponder the intersections of culture, history, and sustenance. 

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Jonah Campbell’s Eaten Back to Life is a thought-provoking symphony of essays that offers a fresh perspective on the multifaceted world of food and drink. It’s a book that both food enthusiasts and those intrigued by cultural commentary will relish, inviting them to savor the nuances and complexities hidden within the seemingly mundane act of eating. 

See our review of Jonah’s first book, Food & Trembling, at then pick up a copy of Eaten Back to Life at or go to our Giveaway section and win the book to explore Jonah’s insightful culinary wit.

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